RCF's training activity in Italy dedicated to the design of Emergency Audio Systems in compliance with EN 60849 (CEI 100-55) law registered a great deal of success.
I 2007 the attendance has been extremely high and the first months of 2008 confirmed the positive trend. An increasing interest in this kind of activities is also generated by the high level of knowledge provided by RCF's team.
The training activity will go ahead until November 2008 and the next seminars will take place in Brescia on the 6th of May followed by Bari on the 27th of May.
Pacha, one of the first clubs in the Sharm el Sheikh area, following year on year growth have recently decided to upgrade the sound system.
New Metro the RCF Pro distributor in Egypt suggested that the RCF TTL33-A line array modules and TTS28-A double 18' subwoofers would fit the purpose and late in 2007 the main FOH system was installed comprising of 12 x TTL33-A, 6 per side and then 4 x TTS28-A grouped together in the centre. RCF assisted with the commissioning and set-up of the system, which was handled by Greg Oliver (Product specialist in the RCF UK branch).
Oliver commented: "having spoken to the owners and walked round the vast club area it was clear that although their line array would cover quite a large area of the club this would then infringe the operating noise restrictions that have been imposed on the club. The system was designed in 3 main zones to focus sound where it was needed and this was aided given the narrow vertical dispersion of the line array modules and also to allow the owners to have total control over the various zones".
"We added small hangs of 3 x TTL33-A per side in the other 2 zones (1 being a large upper balcony and the other the pool and terrace area) and with 1 x TTS28-Aon the ground just to enhance the LF in that area", Oliver continues, " we then added some of the smaller 2 way RCF TT22-A's as fills to cover the VIP balconies behind the DJ area".
The installation is now complete and the install company commissioned the final part themselves with all the settings for the other line array zones using the RCF Shaper prediction software.
Seduction club is situated at Phukets Patong District, famous for its lively and active night life. Seduction Discotheque sets new standard for nightclubs in the area with its extravagant and high-class interiors designed to every last detail. So, when Charlie Lighting, the installer for the club, was asked for a state of the art audio system the choice was simple: RCFAcustica.
Thanks to 4 two-way, wide dispersion C5215-W loudspeakers and 2 S8028 compact, high-output bass reflex subwoofer, the sound at Seduction creates an atmosphere yet to be seen in this area.
RCF Products are distributed in Thailand by Acoustic & Lighting.
On the 11th of February the new Boeing 747 fuselage was inaugurated in the Alenia plants in Composite di Grottaglie, Italy. Many people attended at the event in which spoke also Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, the Italian Industrial Association's President .
The sound system was installed by Mr. Graziano Radicci of the company Idea Concerti with the consulting of RCF for the acoustic design of the event. The huge plant, in fact, was filled with metallic structures that could damage, due to the massive reverberation of the sound, the intelligibility of the speeches. The RCF's Team went on the spot for a survey and developed, with special software, the acoustic design in order to choose the right speaker system and their its right set-up.
The TT+ High Definition Touring and Theatre line of speakers, wich has been already used in various situations by Idea Concerti, was chosen for the event. The Sound System was composed by 2 clusters of 4 TTL33-A Line Array Modules each and 4 TT22-A speakers as a front fill.
Mr. Graziano Radicci said: "the system worked perfectly, offering an uniform sound dispersion in all the vast area. RCF is a company that offers a constant support, allowing its clients to operate always in the best conditions."
The TTL31A's very high output and dynamics, plus its extreme accuracy and high frequency extension, and compact size make the it an ideal tool for indoor applications, live performances and events. The TTL12AS complements the TTL31A array module, providing integrated mechanics compatible with the TTL31A array module. RCF also introduced their new ART models and 4 PRO Series.
Alberto Ruozzi, Sales Director of RCF said "This years NAMM show has been very important in strengthening RCF's presence in the vast and complex markets of the United States. We benefited from our newly designed stand, being bigger, we were able to present a much wider range of products in comparison to the past years, representing all that RCF is today, a well known and respected brand, which has consolidated its position in the world's audio market, but that is still growing and adding new clients. This is I feel, thanks to our new products with high quality and innovative 'Made in Italy technology' branding"
RCF designed and realized the complete audio system for the Santo Volto Church, a very important house of worship in Turin.
RCF project team had to find the right solution in order to sonorize all the different spaces of the building.
In fact the Church, designed by Swiss architect Mario Botta, is composed by a main hall with 700 seats, seven towers 35 meters high, a subterranean multi purpose room and the offices for the administration. The overall surface is 12000 square meters. Each ambience has it’s own characteristic which required a specific acoustic design in order to obtain the maximum sound quality.
The audio project was made by RCF’s Massimiliano Piva for EL SRL Ing. Zorzi Renzo design studio. The installation was made by Kopa Engineering S.p.A..
C5112-L loudspeakers were used for the main nave of the Church, PL 81/A ceiling speakers were installed in the and, together with some Monitor 44T, were used for the other rooms. On the outside of the building C3110 have been installed. All the loudspeakers are powered with HC 3200, HC 2000 and 4000 Series power amplifiers: models UP 4161 and UP 4121.
The choir zone has been amplified with Monitor 55 on the floor and C3110 installed on the ceiling. The loudspeakers are powered with an HC 2000 power amplifier. Also a MX 1822 mixing console has been installed in order to mix the sound of the microphones for the singers.
More C3110 loudspeakers, powered with an HC1600, have been installed in the weekday chapel.
The big subterranean multi-purpose room has been sonorized with C3108 loudspeakers powered by HC 3200 stereo power amplifiers.
PL70BS ceiling speakers and DM 41 compact speakers have been installed for the offices of the administration and HD2414/T horn speakers have been used for the garden. All the loudspeakers are powered by a Flexa Modular Integrated System.
All sound systems runs trough a series of control racks, all equipped with RCF’s components and products.
The amplification system of the Sacro Volto Church is an example of RCF ability to design and build the right solution for any sound needs.
Thursday January the 17th the Kiev's Opera Ballet, one of the most important ballets worldwide, performed the "Sleeping Beauty" at the Valli Theatre in Reggio Emilia, Italy. Andrea Gabbi, Stage and Technical Director of Valli Theatre, with the cooperation of Luca Cattini and Fabio Festinese, chose the RCF's TT+ High Definition Touring and Theatre to amplify the music of the important show, which was composed by Cajkovskij in 1899.
The system used for the show:
2 TT22-A high output 2 way speakers 2 TT25-Ahigh output 2 way speakers 2 TTS18-A subwoofers
Andrea Gabbi said: "the RCF system used for the show of the Kiev's Opera Ballet was the perfect solution for our needs. It provided a precise and deep sound with superb quality and definition. The speakers were also very compact, which is a very important feature in theatres, in order to don't disturb the audience's vision of the show."
All pictures were shot by the photographer Alfredo Anceschi
Swindon Borough Council last year saw fit to give the Wyvern Theatre a £1.3 million refurbishment of its auditorium.
Andrew Hill, director of the theatre, elaborates: "Initially we thought we would only be shut down for a short period of time so we tried to keep our programme of shows going. We built a temporary theatre in a local sports hall and relocated all our shows there. However, it soon became apparent that the shut down would go on longer than originally expected and relocating shows would become unsustainable. However, on the positive side, Swindon Borough Council agreed that it would be more expedient to upgrade much of our technical equipment and infrastructure, whilst the rest of the auditorium was being gutted".
To that end, Swindon Borough Council contracted the services of a long-term supplier to the Wyvern, Stage Electrics. The company designed, installed and supplied the entire technical infrastructure and new equipment for the venue. Simon Kenning, business development manager for Stage Electrics, says: "The brief was to ensure that the scheme be as cost-effective as possible for the client, whilst improving and supporting the theatre's diverse and multifunctional role. Budget-wise this was a challenge. Whilst the overall budget for the refurbishment was £1.3 million, the lighting, sound, communications and cinema package only accounted for 25% of that."
Stage Electrics worked in close association with architects Peter Case, Mark Rose and Steve Nicholls of Technical Services Group, and Swindon Commercial Services at Swindon Borough Council. As with much regional theatre, tight budgets and limited resources means the building has to be as flexible as possible in its offering: to that end, the Wyvern Theatre is not just a theatre. It's a cinema, a live music venue and a comedy club. Stage Electrics maximized this flexibility by specifying and installing Ethernet communications for both the sound and lighting networked systems.
Further expanding the flexibility of the system, Stage Electrics specified an RCF PA system, which comprises a central cluster of four Acustica C5212L 500W mid/high cabinets, and left and right hangs of two Acustica C5212L 500W mid/high cabinets a side, each with an Acustica S8028 subwoofer below. There are also four Acustica C5212W 500W mid/high speakers for delay in the auditorium.
Kenning says: "RCF produce a fantastic product in the Acustica series. The cabinets can easily cope with all formats of show, which The Wyvern has to manage on a weekly basis. The versatility of the cabinet ensures a crisp and clean sound, whatever the requirement and application."
Kenning worked in close association with Greg Oliver at RCF UK to design the optimum audio solution, taking into account the wide range of audio demands of the theatre and the budget. Everything from spoken voice to live music, playback to musicals - each has different demands and in isolation each will use a different kind of PA system set up in a particular way. All paging FOH and back stage is run from an RCF system, control of which is integrated in the stage manager's desk (manufactured by Stage Electrics) and various other sites around the building.
Kenning says: "RCF is one of only a few loudspeaker manufacturers worldwide which completely manufactures transducers, speaker systems and amplification and control electronics. There is a lot of black box product around these days; sadly most of them are still bits-in-a-box packages containing off-the-shelf drivers in a ply box. RCF's Acustica product range is designed and built by RCF, from the drivers to the rigging options, to be part of a complete installation solution."
Greg Oliver, technical sales consultant for RCF elaborates: "Simon contacted me with a brief for a multiple-use sound system, which covered panto to touring bands and everything in between. After the initial site visit it was clear that we needed a fairly compact. The Acustica series was chosen as it allows for easy installation but also can achieve the SPL levels required for the venue's multifarious uses. Once Stage Electrics had installed them, I spent a day with Simon at the theatre testing the system and setting up the delays, and with very little room equalisation necessary, the system was ready for use."
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8 x Acustica C5212L 4 x Acustica C5215-W 2 x Acustica S8028 Subwoofer
5 x HC2000 4 x HC3200
1 x DX4008
The show relay system comprises:
2 x PR4092 1U rack mount mixers 1 x PD1066 Zone switcher with 5 x BM3067 microphones. 1 x SA2095 Rack control unit 1 x Flexa modular amplifier system made up of 1 x MF6000 Frame, 1 x PS6640 PSU, 3 x UP6241 Amplifier. 1 x MS1033 Single CD-Tuner and USB MP3 player. Configured to allow show relay feeds to dressing rooms, BGM to foyer, and 2 zone paging to front of house and dressing rooms.
PL81A's in the foyer area
RCF is pleased to announce that the new TT08 passive speaker is available.
The TT08 is a full range, extremely versatile two-way loudspeaker systems, offering substantial power and effi ciency for a variety of professional applications: theatre and touring markets as well as fi xed installations.
Baltic Birch plywood cabinet, high quality aluminum mechanical fi ttings, powder coated grilles, heavy duty epoxy paint fi nishes on cabinet structure ensure high resistance and durability. This passive model includes the LICC-Low Impedance Compensated Crossover that features markedly lower induction values in series with the woofer. The benefit is delay reduction, reduced phase shift and superior transient response. For a superior power handling high power, aluminium case, resistors are used in the crossover network. Dynamic high-frequency driver protection is accomplished with the RCF exclusive - Active Mosfet Compression Driver Protection System, chosen to complement the power curve of the driver.
The high-frequency section is a constant directivity CMD horn designed mathematically for Constant Matching Design in relation to the woofer system, loaded to a 1.0" RCF Precision Neodymium compression driver with a 1.50" diaphragm assembly for smooth, wide dispersion. The low-frequency transducer is a 8" RCF Precision Neodymium woofer with a 2.5" voice coil.
Stage Electrics have recently completed the installation of a new sound system at the Battersea Arts Centre (BAC) in South London. BAC, which is at present home to one of London's most critically acclaimed shows, "The Masque of the Red Death" is providing the new sound system with a stringent test. For this production, the whole of the building is used, as Metro magazine described it "Punchdrunk's transformation of the labyrinthine BAC into an extraordinary warren of velvety interiors and glamorous decadence"
BAC's technical manager Luke Girling takes up the story "The performance is driven by the soundtrack, so the development of the sound within the show has been our real goal. We were aiming at a sound as comprehensive and high quality as possible, that was the real challenge" Girling continued, "The RCF system is a massive move forward, we benefited on having the time to work with Greg Oliver (RCF) on finding the right solution for the space available, as a result this is by far the best sounding show we've put on" The show runs for about three hours, with the finale taking place in the grand hall, where they have a live band and DJ's. All the music both live and recorded is played through the Acustica speakers. On Friday and Saturday evenings, the performance is extended into the early hours, with several bands playing. Ben Noble of Stage Electrics "Punchdrunk required a system that could provide an intense atmospherical environment for soundscapes, but also be able to handle live bands and singers. RCF's Acustica range of loudspeakers gave us the right balance in this intricate space." Summing up Felix Barratt, Artistic Director of Punchdrunk said "The point was to get away from the safety and staidness of so much theatre. Normally, you sit back in your red seat, the lights go down and you see the show. We wanted to shake things up - to make the audience the epicentre, to let them shape their experience within what we create". It would appear that Stage Electrics use of Acustica has gone along way to helping achieving their goals.
FOYER SPACE 1 x ART705AS Subwoofer 6 x Acustica C3108's powered by an EP 5004 amplifier 2 x Acustica C3110's powered by an ED1100 amplifier
GRAND HALL 6 x Acustica C5212L's 2 powered by HC2000 amplifier 2 x ACUSTICA S8018 Passive Subwoofers powered by an HC3200 amplifier 1 x RCFART705AS (extra bass)
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